Britvic joins fight against diabetes

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Britvic and Diabetes UK have forged a new three-year partnership to actively support those living with and at risk of diabetes.

Britvic aims to raise £500,000 to directly improve the lives of children and families affected by diabetes, helping to ensure children with Type 1 diabetes can get the most out of every part of school life. The funding will be invested in Diabetes UK’s Make the Grade school packs and in increasing the number of schools achieving Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in Schools award. Britvic will be the sole corporate funder for these activities.

As part of the partnership Diabetes UK will work closely with Britvic’s 2,000 UK employees, to help them and their families understand how to live healthier lives and so reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as support those employees who live with Type 1 diabetes.

Employees at Britvic will also be encouraged to support Diabetes UK’s cause, by volunteering and raising money through a number of different activities to support the work Diabetes UK does.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Through a unique, two-pronged approach, our ambitious new partnership will not only improve the lives of children and families living with and affected by Type 1 diabetes, it will also support our wide-reaching work to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

“We look forward to working alongside Britvic’s workforce to promote, amplify and expand the reach of our vital work, and to inspire people across the UK to help us achieve our shared goal of improving the lives of people with diabetes.”

Simon Litherland, Chief Executive at Britvic, added: “We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with Diabetes UK and support the vital work they are doing in communities all over the UK. We share Diabetes UK’s commitment to making it easier for people to make healthier choices and to providing a healthy inclusive workplace where every colleague can thrive.”